Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kruba BoonChum ~ Wat Thong Nen - The Forest Monastery & Truly Forest Meditation Monk (Part 2).

Kruba BoonChum's temple is well known for his huge and vast surrounding. Here we could see the temple Wat ThongNen, the Forest Monastery and Kruba BoonChum, the Truly Forest Meditation Monk.
 The signboard of 'Kruba Chao BoonChum' stand at the village entrace and the Wat ThongNen temple gate.
 The long road ahead before you reach inside the temple building.
 The vast compound of Wat ThongNen, we could see the Golden Big Phra Buddha statue is far far away on the hill.
 The Chedi of Wat ThongNen.
 The Vihara of Wat ThongNen.
 Photos taken with the place where Kruba BoonChum meeting with devotees. Kruba BoonChum is not around because he went to 'Tudong' and practicing meditation in deep jungle of the cave.
 The Vihara, Chedi and Hall building in Wat ThongNen.
 The Burma's style of Phra Buddha statue venerated in Vihara Wat ThongNen.
 In year 1984 (BE 2529) with the sponsorship from Mong Phong Village, Tachilek. Kruba BoonChum received higher ordination, upasampada, at the seven hundred years old Wat SuanDok (Flowers Garden) Monastery in Chiang Mai. To symbolize the teaching of the Buddha on the 38 kinds of blessings, 38 monks were invited to participate in the ordination ceremony. Since his higher ordination and out of respect for his meditation practices, he came to be known as Kruba BoonChum. Kruba is means teacher and is synonymous with Phra Ajahn in Thai and Sayadaw in Burmese. His ordained name in Pali is Nyanasamvaro, “who guards his mind with wisdom”. In Burmese, he is known as Mong Phong Sayadaw.
In the past, this chair is used to for big ceremony.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Kruba BoonChum ~ The Forest Monastery & Truly Forest Meditation Monk (Part 1).

Kruba BoonChum born in year BE2508 of Jan 5 at Pa Maisak Village, in Chiang Saen District in northern Thailand. He is a forest meditation monk, well known since the age of thirteen to a great numbers of devotees in Laos, Sipsongbanna of Yunnan Province in China, Shan State of the Union of Myanmar, Thailand for his solitary and serious meditation practice and far away of Tibet and Bhutan. Kruba BoonChum was ordained as monk at the age of eleven and after the completion of his primary education, with thirty-two other boys in 1975. After a year or two, all of them returned to lay life, except Kruba Boonchum who has taken interest in meditation. After studying Buddhist scriptures for a year and having completed nak-dhamma tri, the first foundation level of formal Dhamma examinations. He wanted to learn the Buddha’s teaching in a more practical way. So, whenever given opportunity he would approach well known meditation teachers in northern Thailand and learnt from them. Sometime he would go and meditate in the cemetery or on corpses. Unusually quiet and meditative for his age, he was often teased by other novices. But that did not deter him from going into the meditation practice deeper and seriously than any of the monasteries would offer to a young novice of his age.
 Kruba BoonChum serious meditation practice attracted devotees who started making offerings, including money, to him. He donated all the offerings to others, all local Chiang Saen people known about this. Whenever devotees came, he would also do chanting to invoke blessings of the Buddha on them and explain them the Buddha’s dhamma in simple terms. He usually talked about the admiration he had on the Buddha’s life leading to meditation on the Buddha (Buddhanussati), the Buddha’s teaching on the five precepts; the loathsome nature of the body (asubha-bhavana) and the inevitability of death (maranassati) and meditation on compassion (metta). His chanting took approximately two hours and he did so with deep concentration and a beautiful voice. His chants were all in Pali and what have been preserved in the forest meditation tradition in Lanna, northern Thailand and in the eastern Shan State of Burma. His style and his strong faith in chanting awakened the seed of devotion in many who heard it.
 The photos taken with Phra Buddha statue.
 The Tibetan style of Wealthy Buddha, venerated at balcony of the Vihara.
 Kruba BoonChum is not around because he went to 'Tudong' and practicing meditation in deep jungle of the cave. On the altar, have many influences Buddhist of Myanmar, Tibet and Bhutan.
The peace scenery of the temple compound.

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